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“Bricks and Pizza....”
Review of The Forge Pizzeria

The Forge Pizzeria
Ranked #2 of 324 Restaurants in Ballarat
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$13 - US$26
Cuisines: Pizza
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Our grandfather Frank was a well-known Blacksmith in the Ballarat region, and at the heart of a Blacksmith's shop is a fire they call the Forge. With a combination of the fire, great skill and plenty of hard work, great things are created. Take a look at our wood fire oven and you'll know why we are "The Forge". Established in 2010 by brothers Chris and Tim Matthews, The Forge Pizzeria creates delicious woodfired pizzas made with fresh local produce and high quality deli ingredients. We pride ourselves on pizza perfection, passion and a fun laid-back atmosphere. There is a fully serviced 200 seat restaurant in Armstrong Street, Central Ballarat, which complements the 20 seat take-away store in Sturt Street, Alfredton. We also now have two rolling mobile pizza ovens which operate at various events and private functions. Once your pizza is ordered, its action a plenty. Using our fresh healthy dough recipe, the stretcher starts stretching the base, great viewing in itself. The makers add the right amount of ingredients, which have all been freshly prepared on our premises, into the woodfire oven and then the magic happens. Fresh, healthy and woodfired.
Reviewed 14 July 2013

First thing - be aware that there are two 'Forges' in Ballarat - the Sturt St one is the takeaway spot. This review is for The Forge Pizzeria on Armstrong Street, which is restaurant style. Big long open venue with old brick walls and funky, industrial-but-friendly style. At the end of the room is a spot for smaller diners, with a big blackboard, communal table and wee chairs.
The pizza menu has some good choices - old favourites plus some more upmarket contemporary ones. We had the Hawaiian (for the 7-year-old) and Mr Tradie and I had the slow roasted lamb with goat cheese. Both were very good. A couple of organic colas (made in Hepburn) and an OJ for small one. All up our bill - $50. The pizzas are woodfired and have a fairly thinnish crust (yay!) with a fluffy 'lip'. There's a range of groovy beers for groovy people.
We visited late on a Sunday afternoon and the feeling was easy people.....acoustic background music, friendly and warm service. Just the thing for a wet and windy Ballarat day.
Have to agree with another diner that comfort loses out to styling with some of the chairs - maybe they don't want you to get too comfy so you move on and make room for others :)

1  Thank Megan A
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

The Forge is noisy (good atmosphere), has a very diverse pizza menu and a comprehensive range of delicious side dishes. We had the Pulled Pork pizza with broccolini/anchovy/parmesan side dish. The pork was tender and tasty and the side dish was very tasty!! There was a good wine list that included most varietals.

The staff were pleasant, the service quick and the prices acceptable.

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1  Thank Phil H
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Reviewed 13 June 2013

This is the tradition I most miss about Ballarat. Friday night, Forge Pizza, beer and footy. A great place to go with friends and share a great meal.

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Reviewed 11 June 2013

What can I say. Great pizza, funky setting, pleasant staff, great place to have an enjoyable meal. Once you've had a pizza from the Forge , all the other pizza's in and around Ballarat seem mediocre. Have been there many times when I've visited Ballarat. Highly recommend.

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1  Thank Mario M
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

Went to this placed on TripAdvisor Recommendations. Went to the Sturt St shop, which is really more of a take away place rather than a sit 'n' eat shop but they are accomodating and give great service regardless. Pizza was great, fresh ingredients and i suppose the pricing reflects that. But the sizings were small, and hubby and i were left wanting more for the "large" pizza we got, as were our 3 kids with a medium serve which in any other establishment they would have struggled to finish.

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